A past participant of Family Feud, who made a startling remark about his wife on the show, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her killing.
Timothy Bliefnick, aged 40, was convicted in May of forcibly entering his estranged wife's residence, Rebecca Postle Bliefnick, and firing at her 14 times. The court has now handed down his sentence.
In 2019, Bliefnick made an appearance on the popular game show, with the episode airing in January 2020.
During the episode, Steve Harvey posed the question: "What's the biggest mistake you made at your wedding?"
As Harvey waited for Bliefnick's response following other contestants' replies, Bliefnick stated: "Honey, I love you, but 'said I do.'"
This response caused a stir among the audience, prompting Bliefnick to clarify, "Not my mistake, not my mistake – I love my wife."
Tragically, three years following this, Rebecca, the mother of Bliefnick's three kids, would lose her life in a home invasion carried out by her husband.
Subsequent to his arrest on charges including first-degree murder in March, and a subsequent trial, Bliefnick was declared guilty, sealing his fate to a lifetime in prison.
Evidence presented by the prosecution revealed that Bliefnick turned to Google to strategize his wife's murder, exploring methods like prying open a window using a crowbar and gauging how quickly the police might respond.
As he delivered the verdict, Judge Robert Adrian proclaimed, "Mr. Bliefnick, you researched this murder. You planned this murder," referencing a report from Fox News.
"You practiced this murder. You broke into her house, and you shot her one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 times."
"I don't know how long it took you to do that, but some of those shots were fired while she was lying on the ground and you did all of that while your children were upstairs at your house, lying snug in their beds."
The victim was discovered lifeless on her bathroom floor by her father, William Postle, in her Quincy, Illinois residence, a town near the Missouri border. She had sustained 14 gunshot wounds.
Concern grew for Mr. Postle when his daughter failed to collect her three kids from school that day.
The duo, married since 2009, were in the midst of finalizing their divorce, as per court documents. Rebecca Bliefnick, a nurse by profession, sought a protective order against her husband in 2021, based on supplementary records from Adams County.
In unnerving text exchanges with her sister, Postle Bliefnick expressed her fear for her former spouse.
"I am putting this in writing that I'm fearful he will somehow harm me, come after me, or will try to [do] something to me that takes me away from the kids or the kids away from me," she confessed to her sister, Sarah Reilly, in text.
"He already has lied multiple times to paint himself as a victim and me as the perpetrator when it is absolutely the other way around."